9.30am till 4.30pm
Venue: Institute of Biomedical Sciences, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL
Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy
~ £120 including lunch. Early bird: £95 until 30.03.2019 or until places sold out. 10% discount available for ACAT members - use promotional code "CAT"
~ This is the second run of this workshop following its successful debut as part of the CPD program of ACAT. All participants rated the workshop as excellent.
~ This workshop is aimed at CAT therapists and trainees, clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, GUM/HIV specialists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their skills in this area of work and/ or deepen their relational understandings of the issues relevant to this client group.
~ No prior knowledge of CAT is needed.
Out of control sexual behaviour, including the excessive use of pornography, can be highly distressing and lead to secondary harmful consequences for health, relationships, work and emotional well-being. Nevertheless, a traditional addictions model seems ill suited to the task of helping clients express their sexual desire in ways that enrich rather than diminish their sexual and emotional health. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) offers us many useful ways of understanding how suffering arises from our view of the self and how out of control sexual behaviour can be seen as an attempt to deal with the “burden of self ", and the risks of vulnerability, such as the vulnerability of living up to expectations, or to be loved and accepted.
Interventions need to mobilise our client’s resources to aid their understanding of the emotional and relational drivers behind their patterns of sexual behaviour that are limiting or harming them in some way. These understandings are needed to overcome the patterns that trap them repeatedly. Interventions also need to empower clients to make new choices in how they connect with and express their sexual desire.
Drawing on clinical material throughout, this workshop covers the principal issues to consider through the stages of assessment, formulation, and intervention. It will highlight the key challenges and pitfalls to avoid during these stages when working with out of control sexual behaviour. Coverage will be given to the specific issues to consider when working with distress associated with “Chemsex” in gay men.
1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, including when to decide to incorporate harm minimisation strategies at an early stage to reduce the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections and drug use.
2. Outline ways to increase motivation and reduce ambivalence towards change at an early stage.
3. Identify the common emotional and relational factors involved in out of control sexual behaviour, and how they can be incorporated within formulations.
4. Consider the key aims during formulation and intervention, and how to respond to common challenges in these phases.
5. Facilitate reflection on how to start the process of helping your clients develop an enjoyable and affirming relationship with their sexual desire, free of shame, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.
Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 years’ experience in Sexual Health and has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited CAT therapist and supervisor and is the vice-chair of ACAT. He has been working with clients with out of control sexual behaviour, including gay men affected by “Chemsex” problems, since the beginning of his CAT practice. He has published academic articles and presented at ACAT conferences on the issue of Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
By phone, Dr Robert Watson 07941 027765
By email, email@example.com
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